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Here is what we think is the only comprehensive record of pubs and beerhouses within the Coventry city boundaries going back as far as available records allow. This is an ongoing project so contributions, corrections or additions to this archive, especially anecdotes, photos and media are most welcome. Feel free to contact us for a pint and a chat anytime.

The New Star

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The New Star with Tom Brown, the licensee in the 1920's

NAME NEW STAR
ADDRESS 140 MUCH PARK STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1734 1767 STAR / OLD STAR
1822 1874 OLD MITRE
1876 1959 NEW STAR INN. NEW INN

The star was originally as religious symbol, referring to the star of Bethlehem or to the Virigin Mary, one of whose titles is ' Star of the Sea ' ( Stella Maris ). Since 1634 a six-pointed star also appeared in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Innholders, previouisly the guild of Innkeepers. The star as a pub name dates from the fifteenth century.

The original Star in Coventry was in Bayley Lane and dated from before 1424. In those days before standardised spelling it was variously the Sterre, Starr or Stare. Meanwhile, the OLD MITRE stood at 140 Much Park Street, near the junction with Jordan Well. The Old Mitre was of unknown age. in 1879 this pub acquired the name New Star. The Old Mitre appears to have taken the name of the Bayley Lane Star, presumably with a change in alleigance of at least some of its customers.

In 1940, during the blitz, the Bayley Lane Star was destroyed and in 1959 the New Star in Much Park Street was closed for redevelopement of the area. The license was transferred to the New Star in jardine Crescent, Tile Hill. From 1919 top 1927 in Spennell's Directory it is called the NEW INN, obviously a mistake.

Known Licensees are;
1879 Henry Hands
1881 A. Hands
1886 Angelina Tansley
1890 - 1891 William Denbigh
1893 - 1896 G. F. Atkins
1903 - 1905 T. Padbury
1909 William H. L. Masters
1911 - 1932 Walter Thomas Brown
1935 - 1936 H. Cotterell
1937 - 1938 Thomas Walter Brown
1939 - 1940 R. Johnson
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before 1876 SEE OLD MITRE

1876 JA90 Kelly NEW STAR

See Lost pubs No19

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P22 NEW INN, Much Park Street Alehouse
Owner : Henry Hands
later Angelina hands
later William James Tansley
later Angelina Tansley
later Ind Coope & Co, Burton on Trent
Licensee : Henry Hands
1.5.1880 TOL to Angelina Hands
2.6.1881 TOL to William James Tansley
2.7.1885 TOL to Angelina Tansley
1.7.1886 TOL to Richard Hands
3.11.1887 TOL to Joseph Samuel Franklin
1.11.1888 TOL to William Denbigh
29.10.1891 TOL to George Frederick Atkins
10.12.1896 TOL to Annie Allen
29.7.1897 TOL to Walter Bates
2.3.1899 TOL to Edward Pountney

1919 - 1927 Directories call it the New Inn

c1959 Closed

LICENSEES

1878 LJ Vol1 P22 Henry Hands
1879 Stevens Henry Hands
1880 LJ Vol1 P22 Henry Hands
1880 LJ Vol1 P22 Angelina Hands
1881 C&B A. Hands
1881 LJ Vol1 P22 Angelina Hands
1881 LJ Vol1 P22 William James Tansley
1885 LJ Vol1 P22 William James Tansley
1885 LJ Vol1 P22 Angelina Tansley
1886 C&B Angelina Tansley
1886 LJ Vol1 P22 Angelina Tansley
1886 LJ Vol1 P22 Richard Hands
1887 LJ Vol1 P22 Richard Hands
1887 LJ Vol1 P22 Joseph Samuel Franklin
1888 LJ Vol1 P22 Joseph Samuel Franklin
1888 LJ Vol1 P22 William Denbigh
1890/91 R&G William Denbigh
1891 LJ Vol1 P22 William Denbigh
1891 LJ Vol1 P22 George Frederick Atkins
1893 Reporter G. F. Atkins

1894 R&G G. F. Atkins

1896 R&G G. F. Atkins
1896 LJ Vol1 P22 George Frederick Atkins
1896 LJ Vol1 P22 Annie Allen
1897 LJ Vol1 P22 Annie Allen
1897 LJ Vol1 P22 Walter Bates
1899 LJ Vol1 P22 Walter Bates
1899 LJ Vol1 P22 Edward Pountney
1903 R&G T. Padbury

1905 R&G T. Padbury

1909 R&G William H. L. Masters

1911/12 Spennell W. T. Brown

1912/13 Spennell W. T. Brown

1919 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn

1921/22 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn

1924 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn

1926/27 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn

1929 P. James W. T. Brown

1931/32 P. James W. T. Brown

1935/36 P. James H. Cotterell

1937/38 P. James Thomas Walter Brown

1939/40 P. James R. Johnson

1955/56 Barrett Not listed in street section

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1960 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Barrett Not listed in street section

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P22 Henry Hands
later LJ Vol1 P22 Angelina Hands
later LJ Vol1 P22 William James Tansley
later LJ Vol1 P22 Angelina Tansley
later LJ Vol1 P22 Ind Coope & Co, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol1 P22 Ind Coope & Co, Burton on Trent

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